New PE Curriculum at Bovington Primary School
Bovington Primary School believes that every child is entitled to a high quality curriculum which places their physical, social, cognitive and emotional needs at the core of its purpose. In order to achieve this we don’t just teach children sports, we have based our curriculum around physical competence and the teaching of transferable skills across all aspects of PE and other curriculum areas.
The national curriculum for physical education aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives.
The Olympic Values are still very prominent in PE teaching at the school and certificates linked to these values are regularly distributed to the children when they have been seen to be embedding them within their PE opportunities.
Why PE is important:
Participation in PE and sport can improve a huge range of skills for children:
- Positive attitudes, attributes and physical skills.
- Fine motor skills.
- Health and wellbeing.
- Promotes inclusion and cohesion.
- Introduces competition and the concepts of winning and losing.
- Team work and listening skills.
According to the new National Curriculum, at Key Stage 1 pupils should develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co-operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.
They should be taught to:
- master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co-ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
- participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
- perform dances using simple movement patterns.
At Key Stage 2 pupils should continue to apply and develop a broader range of skills, learning how to use them in different ways and to link them to make actions and sequences of movement. They should enjoy communicating, collaborating and competing with each other. They should develop an understanding of how to improve in different physical activities and sports and learn how to evaluate and recognise their own success.
They should be taught to:
- use running, jumping, throwing and catching in isolation and in combination
- play competitive games, modified where appropriate [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, netball, rounders and tennis], and apply basic principles suitable for attacking and defending
- develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance [for example, through athletics and gymnastics
- perform dances using a range of movement patterns
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
- compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
At Bovington Primary School we have taken these programmes of study and used them not only to structure our PE curriculum but also to integrate into a whole school cross-curricular approach. We believe that fundamental skills have a direct impact on the development of physical literacy, which is becoming a prominent part of the school development plan. We aim to help inspire children to be .
What we offer our children:
- 2 hours of PE a week, 1 hour with a specialist sports coach and 1 hour with class teacher
- all KS2 children to go swimming on a rotation basis throughout the entire year with qualified teaching from within our own staff
- 10 year 5 / 6 children to be trained as Bronze Ambassadors (sports leaders) within the school annually
- a wide range of sports clubs after school for KS1/EYFS and KS2
- opportunities to be involved in intra school competitions and skills festivals (level 2 and 3)
- 1 hour extra PE session for children who are more able in sports to extend their skills further
- 1 hour extra fun PE for children who require pastoral support
- playground leaders to help the younger children learn and play games / physical activities during playtimes and lunch times
- outdoor learning (orienteering, and soon to be forest school)
- horse riding in small groups for our children who have physical, emotional and/or social barriers
- weekly celebration of sporting achievements in Friday's praise assembly
- whole school events such as Sport Relief, The Big Pedal, Race for Life, National Skipping Week, National Cricket Week, National Sport Week and a daily mile, Mile-a-Morning!